Hartlepool pupils become artists for the day as part of Festival of Illustration

Author Lynn Telford looking at art work with pupils, from left to right, Dylan Phillips, Tia Cooper and Amir Shar.

Author Lynn Telford looking at art work with pupils, from left to right, Dylan Phillips, Tia Cooper and Amir Shar.

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More than 80 Hartlepool schoolchildren became artists for the day by taking part in a ‘fantastic’ series of workshops.

 Pupils from Jesmond Gardens Primary School, in Jesmond Gardens, were encouraged to try their hand at sketching and drawing as part of a two-week education programme.

Jesmond Gardens Primary School pupils, from left to right, Adam Saint, Jessica Campbell and Chloe Thornton work on their designs during the storybook event.

Jesmond Gardens Primary School pupils, from left to right, Adam Saint, Jessica Campbell and Chloe Thornton work on their designs during the storybook event.

The youngsters talked about their favourite books, authors and illustrators, and later produced their own storyboard to build a story using characters they designed and created.

It was part of the ‘Picture Book in Progress’ illustration workshops, as part of the Festival of Illustration hosted by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD).

The workshops, led by facilitator Lynn Telford, from Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, were created to encourage the pupils to explore the world of characters, storyboards, drawing and illustrations.

Katie Lowe, deputy headteacher at Jesmond Gardens Primary School, said: “The children had an absolutely fantastic day, listening to well-known stories and looking closely at illustrations. They enjoyed drawing their own characters and creating storyboards.

The children had an absolutely fantastic day, listening to well-known stories and looking closely at illustrations

Katie Lowe, deputy headteacher at Jesmond Gardens Primary School

“Everyone loved it, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to take part.”

The Festival of Illustration is a free month-long event in Hartlepool which will bring illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists to the town for events including exhibitions, masterclasses and storytelling.

During the next two weeks, pupils from nine primary schools in the town will take part in 27 workshops.

Pat Chapman, head of employability and enterprise at CCAD, said: “The festival is celebration of illustration and how it touches all our lives.

Pupil Aliza Memon showing off her drawing at the end of of a storybook event held at Jesmond Gardens Primary School.

Pupil Aliza Memon showing off her drawing at the end of of a storybook event held at Jesmond Gardens Primary School.

“Through school workshops like these at Jesmond Gardens Primary School, we want to show young people what illustration is, how it can be fun for everyone and show them that they can use their own creativity to develop a career. The creative industries are a major, growing, part of the North East economy and big employers, and CCAD produces skilled graduates that are a part of this growth.”

For more information, call (01429) 858430.

Jesmond Gardens Primary School pupil Brandon Horsley being creative during the storybook event.

Jesmond Gardens Primary School pupil Brandon Horsley being creative during the storybook event.

A drawing created at the storybook event held at Jesmond Gardens Primary School.

A drawing created at the storybook event held at Jesmond Gardens Primary School.